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Texas Teen Brenda Brinsdon Sues School Over Right Not to Recite Mexican National Anthem

Texas high school student Brenda Brindson has filed suit against her school district after she was allegedly punished for refusing to recite the Mexican national anthem and pledge in her Spanish class.

“Reciting pledges to Mexico and being loyal to it has nothing to do with learning Spanish,” Brindson said.

Brindson, then 15, and other sophomore students in her intermediate Spanish class were given an assignment that required them to recite the Mexican national anthem and pledge individually in front of the class. Brindson’s gut reaction was to refuse. Her father, who acts on her behalf in the suit, agreed that reciting the pledge to another country had no place in a public school.

Her teacher at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas, then gave Brindson an alternative assignment to the recitation. She wrote an essay on the history of the Mexican revolution for which she received a failing grade. It is worth noting that Brindson is fluent in Spanish and speaks it regularly with her mother, who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, according to the statement of facts in her lawsuit.

Brindson is suing the McAllen Independent School District, her principal Yvette Cavazos and teacher Reyna Santos for violating her constitutional right to freedom of speech and equal protection under the law. Accoring to the lawsuit, the school district has a policy to excuse students from saying the American pledge of allegiance if they object, but does not excuse students who refuse to pledge to another nation.

The suit filed in Federal court Wednesday restricted Brindson from attending the class once her story gained media coverage. She sat in the office instead of class each day, which, she says, ultimately led to her failing the course.

Source: The Blaze


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